Your child minder let you down, the kid’s school is closed due to bad weather; sometimes it’s necessary to bring small children to work with you. What you don’t need is for them to get bored and start whining or running around the office disturbing all your co-workers. What you do need is some ideas to keep them busy and out of trouble while you get through your workday. Here are some ideas to inspire you.
Inspire Their Creativity
Children love creative task so why not get your kid to color you a picture with the Coloring Book for Me & Mandala app? This app can be downloaded to any mobile device and provides hours of coloring fun without the need for paper and pens. The app has a great selection of pictures to color, including: people, places, birds, animals, flowers, geometric designs, and mandalas so kids won’t get bored. With more than 25 color plates to choose from, kids can really go to town. To color, just pick a shade and touch an area of the image. It’s than simple.
Get them Thinking
Kiko’s Thinking Time: Cognitive Training for Children’s Brains will give your kids a stimulating mental workout. This collection of games is designed for kids age 5 and under, to help them to develop concentration, reasoning skills and memory. They are encouraged to develop an eye for detail by matching colors, shapes, animals and objects. The free app allows children to complete one level per day. Parents can purchase unlimited access in one month, three month and annual time periods.
Stimulate Young Scientists
Designed for budding Einsteins, Thinkrolls 2 logic puzzles brings science concepts like electricity, force and density into play. With two settings, easy and hard, you can set levels for preschoolers and older children. You can also set accounts for up to six separate users with customized levels. Each time kids complete a level, they’ll have a new character to play with.
Explore with Robots
Tinybop’s Robot Factory is a unique app for early elementary school-age kids, which allows them to explore, design and interact with mazes, quirky characters, a rolling ball platform game and other thought provoking challenges. Kids will have to concentrate to keep their Thinkrolls gliding, rolling and teleporting using basic physics to guide them through themed levels.
Have Fun With Numbers
Motion Math: Cupcake! In this simulation game, kids are encouraged to build a cupcake delivery shop. They will need to design cupcakes, buy ingredients, set prices and deliver the goods to customers. Kids have to get used to being the boss, dealing with customers, handling word problems, helping the business grow and using match and strategy to make a profit.
Whether your office is at home or elsewhere, keeping children engaged when you have to take them to work with you will mean that they will be happy and you have a more productive day.
Samantha McLean is a working Mother who has 2 sons. She writes about parenting when you work and other family lifestyle topics.